Lines Across: September 2011

Friday, September 30, 2011

Football Onesie Giveaway {closed}

As a thank you to all of my wonderful followers, I am giving away a brown football onesie. The size is 3-6 months, but it runs a little bit large.



A football onesie is so adorable for baby boys during the football season and it even makes a great Halloween costume. However, I think that a football onesie is also very cute for girls, especially if you add a little bow. So I am also including a set of felt bows in your favorite team's colors.



There are only 3 easy ways to enter. Please leave a separate comment for each entry, and be sure to include your email address each time.

1. Follow Lines Across My Face and leave me a comment below letting me know what your favorite football team is (college or NFL).

2. Follow Lines Across My Face on Facebook.

3. Follow Lines Across My Face on Twitter.

I will leave this giveaway open through October 8 and I will pick a winner using random.org. The winner will have 3 days to respond to my email or I will have to choose another winner.

*This giveaway is only open to the U.S.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Finger Knitting Tutorial


When I was a kid I learned how to finger knit at camp. I thought it was the coolest thing ever. When I got home from camp, I bought 3 different rolls of yarn and knitted them all into one giant rope. I think it took me about a week (which is a really long time when you are a kid).

I loved how I could take yarn and turn it into something new and interesting using just my hands. In my imagination, I thought that this knowledge would be useful some day when I was stranded on a deserted island (because there is always yarn on deserted islands). I did end out wrapping it around my canopy bed and somehow attaching it to my doorknob so that I could open and close my door without getting out of bed. This sounds like the kind of thing I still do today, haha.

Tutorial
{Scroll down for a short video tutorial}

All you need is yarn (and scissors). It is really very easy to do once you get the hang of it. It is also a fun craft to do with older kids.

1. Start by holding your left (non-dominant) hand with your palm up. Hold the end piece of yarn with your thumb. You will only be using your 4 fingers for the actual knitting.

2. Using your right hand, wrap the yarn over your pointer finger, back behind your middle finger, over your ring finger then behind your pinkie.

3. Now wrap the yarn back around your pinkie, behind your ring finger, etc. You are basically making loops around each finger.

4. Move the yarn up to your knuckles and repeat step 2.


5. Wrap the yarn back around your fingers a second time. Now you have 2 rows of loops. Make sure to not wrap too tightly.

6. Now one finger at a time, pull the lower loop over the upper loop and then over the top of your finger.

7. Now you are left with just one row of loops. At this point you can let go of the end of the yarn with your thumb.

8. Push down the upper row. It now becomes the lower row.






Now repeat steps 4 - 8 over and over until the rope is as long as you want it to be.

At first the yarn on the back of your hand will look like a mess. Stretch it out gently as you go along. Quickly it will turn into a little rope or very thin scarf.

If you want to change colors, cut the first yarn, tie it to the end of a different yarn, and keep on finger knitting.


To finish the rope/scarft/etc..., cut the yarn leaving an extra 5 or 6 inches to work with. Carefully pull the remaining single row of loops off of your fingers, run the end of the yarn back through each of them, and tighten. This last step is very important. If you miss a loop the entire thing will probably unravel. I usually even go back and tie an extra knot just in case.

Video Tutorials

How to start finger knitting:


How to end finger knitting:



There are so many fun ways to use these ropes. Add eyes and a tongue and make cute little soft snakes.




Add fringe and turn them into little scarves for stuffed animals or dolls.



You can also use 2 or 3 yarns at once for a fun look.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

The Cure for the Common Monday #10

Welcome!

I look forward to see what you all link up this week. Check back later this week for a giveaway I am having to thank all of my followers.

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Features:

1. Itsy Bitsy Paper turned light bulbs into vases and filled them with flowers. What a fantastic idea! Be sure to check out her helpful tutorial on how to take apart the light bulb.


2. I love love love this beautiful orange playroom from Family Every After. Go and see the cute wreath Rach made from her kids' unused toys.


3. This is the cutest little hot air balloon and clouds pillow from Sew Happiness.


4. These little soft toys from Angela Osbourn are just too cute and so interesting. They would be so perfect in a nursery.


5. This fun autumn wreath from Broken Treasures.


6. I love the colorful stripes on this "happy dress" from Blooms and Bugs. Also check out the adorable matching headband.


If you were featured today (or this week on Facebook), grab a featured button from the right sidebar.

This is a low-key link party but I would love it if you would all do the following:


1. Follow Lines Across My Face (I also will be sharing some of my favorites throughout the week through FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest

2. Post the Cure for the Common Monday button from the right sidebar somewhere on your blog (or link back to Lines Across My Face)
3. Try to visit at least as many posts as you link up. Also remember that everyone loves comments, Pins, Stumbles, etc...


Saturday, September 24, 2011

Babies Can Drink From Straws

We have been having a lot of trouble lately getting my 9 month old daughter Lyla to take a bottle. She also doesn't like sippy cups.



Our doctor suggested giving her a straw. I thought she was crazy. What 9 month old drinks from a straw?

Well it worked. Maybe it isn't that weird, but it seems so unusual to me. She also really wants to put the straw in and out of the bottle all by herself. Usually she is pretty good at it, but sometimes it gets messy. Lyla acts so much older than her age in many ways. She says a lot of words: go go go, up, mama, dada, up mama, cracker, cat, yumyumyum, more, all gone, uh oh... I think it is partially because she has her big brother around to listen to and imitate.

As usual I sound like an idiot on this video. Maybe I shouldn't talk in the future when I'm taking videos. Also I couldn't get Lyla to talk in this video, but I'm hoping to capture her talking soon.


At first Lyla had trouble drinking from a straw (so did Benjamin when we first started giving him straws as a toddler). The best trick I found was to start with juice boxes (you can get watered down juice boxes, or open them from the side and water them down yourself). This way you can squeeze the box so that your baby/toddler starts to understand what comes out of the straw. We also use extra thin bendy straws.



In other news, I have been having a lot of fun lately playing around with photo editing.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

{No Sew} Felt Bows

These felt bows are so easy to make and turn out very cute. There are also so many different ways that you can use them, and they cost just a few cents to make. All you need is felt, a hot glue gun, and scissors.

I was inspired by these beautiful felt bows from {Every}Nothing Wonderful. Also check out how she uses old tights or hose to make headbands. I am definitely going to give that a try. I decided to make smaller no sew bows.


I made them as hair bows for Lyla's hair, but I think I will use them in a lot of other projects as well.


1. Cut a strip of felt 1 inch wide and 4 (to 4.5) inches long. Cut a second strip of felt that is 1 cm wide and about 1 inch long. Lastly, cut out 2 pieces that will go behind the bow.

2. Dab a little hot glue down the center of the strip. Fold over both edges and press down until the glue starts to dry. This side will be the back of the bow. Don't use too much glue or it will harden and be difficult to work with.

3. Before the glue completely dries, pinch the front middle of the bow until the glue hardens.

4. Flip the bow over and fold up the edges to give the bow little creases. Then glue the strip around the center of the bow. You may need to trim it so that none of it is visible from the front.

5. Glue the 2 ribbon-like pieces to the back of the bow. Make sure that they are the right size and shape before you attach them.

6. Ta da!

There are so many variations you can make.



1. Use fabric instead of felt for the strip in the middle. Simply cut a piece of fabric about 1 inch wide. Fold this into thirds so that the frayed edges are not visible and glue.


2. Use different colored felt for the bow and for the center/ends. I think they are fun to make in your favorite team's colors. I made a Florida Gators bow for Lyla to wear in her hair. {shh don't tell Grant}.

3. For the green bow, I stitched a white edge around the large piece. I also reversed the creases.

4. You can play around and experiment with the size and shape of the bow. For the turquoise bow I made the first strip 3/4" wide and 5 inches long. I made the center strip also 3/4" wide.



To make larger or smaller bows in the same shape and proportions of the first red bow, make sure that your strip is 1 unit by 4 units. For example:

XS bow (1 inch wide): 1/2 inch by 2 inches
S bow (1 1/2 inches wide): 3/4 inches by 3 inches
M bow (2 inches wide): 1 inch by 4 inches
L bow (3 inches wide): 1 1/2 inches by 6 inches
XL bow (4 inches wide): 2 inches by 8 inches

 Great ways to use these felt bows.

1. Make a felt bow and paperclip bookmark. These are so cute and easy to make. You can usually just slip the large paperclip through the middle strip. Sometimes there is too much glue so it is easier to glue the middle strip around the paperclip.




2. Use these bows as jewelry. I want to make a necklace out of them, but for now I made a simple felt bow bracelet.


3. String a lot of these bows in coordinating colors and make a felt bow bunting. Use them to decorate picture frames, vases, or lampshades. Use them as gift bows.


4. Make hair bows and clips. You could attach these to a variety of hair clips. I just slipped a simple hair pin through the back of the middle strip. If you are planning on using the bows as hair clips from the start, I would go ahead and glue the center strip around the hair pin. This worked very well for Lyla's hair. You could also attach them to a headband.




These bows look beautiful on Lyla. I love how there is a much younger picture of Lyla in the background. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Somewhere Over the Button Rainbow


This is a very quick and simple embroidery and button project.

{Somewhere over the rainbow, blue birds fly}
Remember to iron your fabric (if needed) BEFORE you start sewing on buttons and letters. I learned this the hard way.

First I picked out the frame I wanted to use... a cheap Ikea frame. I used the piece of plastic to lightly trace a rectangle on the fabric.

Then I put the fabric into an embroidery hoop. I placed the buttons and lightly marked where they would go. I also lightly drew out the word somewhere.

Then I sewed on the buttons, the letters, and the birds.



There are two ways I considered framing this.

1. Cut the fabric to fit the frame exactly. Tape or glue it to the cardboard back.

2. Do not trim the fabric. Instead wrap it around the plastic/glass front of the frame. This is the way I ended out using because I wanted the fabric to poof out just a little bit instead of laying perfectly flat.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

The Cure for the Common Monday #9

Welcome!

Thank you to everyone who linked up last week. It was a lot of fun getting to see some of your old favorite projects.

FEATURES

1. I love this rustic pallet coffee table from the Wonder Forest. I loved reading about and watching the table come together piece by piece. The finished product is gorgeous and so unique.


2. Check out the great fabric bow tutorial from Pink Stitches. The fabrics are also very cute.


3. This button pumpkin from a Pumpkin and a Princess is adorable and a perfect little project for the fall.


4. This rose ring tutorial from Mndy Made is beautiful. I could see myself making a lot of these little flowers to use as hair pins or in other projects.


5. I love football crafts. This simple football project from Mom on Time Out is too cute and perfect for the fall.


If you were featured today (or this week on Facebook), grab a featured button from the right sidebar.

This is a low-key link party but I would love it if you would all do the following:
1. Follow Lines Across My Face (I also will be sharing some of my favorites throughout the week through FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest

2. Post the Cure for the Common Monday button from the right sidebar somewhere on your blog (or link back to Lines Across My Face)
3. Try to visit at least as many posts as you link up. Also remember that everyone loves comments, Pins, Stumbles, etc...




Saturday, September 17, 2011

Pom Pom Flowers {No Sew Tutorial}

I love making these simple pom pom felt flowers.



Check out this wonderful tutorial for this kind of felt flower from Craft Snob. While you are there check out her other gorgeous flower tutorials.

What you need:
Felt
Hot glue gun
Scissors

What to do:
1. Cut a sheet of felt length-wise so that you have 2 strips of felt that are 2 inches wide and 12 inches long.



2. Cut a small felt circle (not visible) about 2 inches in diameter.

3. Fold the strips of felt in half and glue the edges together. Use as little glue as possible, and try to use glue dots. Otherwise, the hot glue will dry and harden into a long strip and it will be very difficult to work with.



4. Now cut all along the side of the strip, getting as close to the edge as you can without cutting into the glue. I cut each notch to be about half an inch wide. You can make them larger or smaller for a different look, but it is important to be consistent. I did not use a ruler to mark where I would cut and I do not think it would be necessary.

5. Now start gluing the first strip to the felt circle. Spiral around the outside and keep gluing the entire strip.

6. Take the second strip and continue where the first one ended. Keep gluing until you reach the center. I have found that 2 12 inch strips work perfectly. However you may need to add part of another strip or cut off the end of your second strip if you reach the middle and have some left over.

7. Arrange the pom poms and you are done. SO EASY!






Variations:

Make thinner strips and cut each petal closer together.
Add a button to the middle.

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